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Lions Turn Attention To Defense, Sign Defensive Tackle Vaughn Martin

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Vaughn Martin #92 of the San Diego Chargers gets up after hitting Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 30: Vaughn Martin #92 of the San Diego Chargers gets up after hitting Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Lions retained running back Joique Bell and acquired wide receiver Golden Tate in their first moves of free agency. Now the team seems to be turning its attention to the other side of the ball.

The Lions reportedly have safety James Ihedigbo and linebacker Darryl Tapp visiting team headquarters in Allen Park, and Detroit has also signed veteran defensive tackle Vaughn Martin, according to Martin’s agent.

Martin could compete for the fourth defensive tackle spot, filling out the two-deep that otherwise consists of Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley.

Tapp, an eight-year veteran, could provide depth at defensive end, where a spot has opened up thanks to the departure of free agent Willie Young, who just signed with the NFC North rival Chicago Bears.

Ihedigbo would fill a vital role for the Lions, who are looking for a starting safety to play alongside Glover Quin. The need became pressing when Detroit released veteran Louis Delmas earlier this offseason.

Detroit ranked 16th in total defense in 2013, allowing 346.6 yards per game. The team turned in just 33 sacks, good for 28th in the league. Offenses put up 246.9 passing yards per game. In that category the Lions ranked 23rd overall.

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